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Mike MinorÂ is quite possibly the best pitcher in the major leagues who is never talked about. There are plenty of good pitchers to praise, so I donâ€™t feel slighted at all that Minorâ€™s name rarely comes up in casual discussions about the top tier of current pitching. The former first round draft pick has turned himself into a bonafide top 25 starting pitcher in the MLB after once being known as a â€śsafe pickâ€ť in the draft. How has he managed to do it?
Early 2012 Struggles
The first half of the 2012 season wasnâ€™t kind to Minor. He posted a 5.97 ERA over 92 innings. His peripherals werenâ€™t much better either (5.45 FIP/4.72 xFIP). One of his main problems was the amount of free passes he was handing out. Minor was walking 3.91 batters per nine innings or 10.1% of the batters he faced. Itâ€™s extremely difficult to succeed when youâ€™re constantly setting yourself up for failure.
This data from the first half of 2012 paints a picture of Min...